Category: TAC Tales

TAC Tales #15: Loopy

I’ve mentioned in previous TAC Tales that I started on a TAC team dedicated to enterprise, which made sense given my background.  Shortly after I came to Cisco the enterprise team was broken up and its staff distributed...

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TAC Tales #14: Stuck in Active

Everyone who’s worked in TAC can tell you their nightmare case–the type of case that, when they see it in the queue, makes them want to run away, take an unexpected lunch break, and hope some other engineer grabs...

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TAC Tales #12: SACK of trouble

When I first started at Cisco TAC, I was assigned to a team that handled only enterprise customers.  One of the first things my boss said to me when I started there was “At Cisco, if you don’t like your boss or your...

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TAC Tales #11: Full up

No customer is happy if they have to reboot one of their Internet-facing routers periodically, and this was one of our biggest customers.  (At HTTS, they were all big customers.)  This customer had a GSR connecting to the...

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TAC Tales #10: Out to Lunch

When you work at TAC, you are required to be “on-shift” for 4 hours each day.  This doesn’t mean that you work four hours a day, just that you are actively taking cases only four hours per day.  The other four...

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TAC Tales #9: Left Hanging

When I was still a new engineer, a fellow customer support engineer (CSE) asked a favor of me. I’ll call him Andy. “I’m going on PTO, could you cover a case for me? I’ve filed a bug and while I’m...

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TAC Tales #8: The problem with data

My job as a customer support engineer (CSE) at TAC was the most quantified I’ve ever had.  Every aspect of our job performance was tracked and measured.  We live in the era of big data, and while numbers can be helpful,...

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Tac Tales #5: MWAM

New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken, and I haven’t been keeping up with my resolution to do more blog posts.  Now that I am back at Cisco, I am focusing on programmability and automation, and I do have a lot...

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TAC Tales #4: Airline Outage

I don’t advertise this blog so I’m always amazed that people even find it. I figured the least-read articles on this blog were my “TAC Tales,” but someone recently commented that they wanted to see...

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